October Pleasant Hill Mayor's Message
Oct 03, 2016 01:05PM
● By Sue Noack
Sue Noack, Pleasant Hill Mayor
Events, Infrastructure and Measure K: The Common Thread?
In a recent interview for the “Comcast Newsmakers” program, Barbara Rodgers asked me why I think Pleasant Hill is one of the best places to live in the Bay Area. My immediate response was Pleasant Hill is a great community because of the many special events that take place year-round. But it’s more than just events. Our neighborhoods are safe, attractive, and full of community spirit, and the city plays an important role by maintaining our roads, streets and sidewalks. All of these important elements, working together, are what make Pleasant Hill a great place to live, work and play!
Upcoming Community Events in Pleasant Hill
The Pleasant Hill Chamber’s Art, Jazz and Wine Festival takes place on October 1 and 2. Now in its 14th year, this signature event is in Downtown Pleasant Hill, with live music, arts & crafts, premium wine and craft beer pavilions, and a KidZone on the lawn at City Hall. If you are looking to be entertained or catch some family fun and games, plan on spending the entire weekend in Downtown Pleasant Hill.
Rodgers Ranch at 315 Cortsen Road is one of Pleasant Hill’s original homesteads, and thanks to a dedicated band of volunteers, with support from the city and Rec & Park District, the ranch is a thriving heritage center and urban farm. The ranch will hold its annual Harvest Festival this year on Saturday, October 8, from 10am to 4pm. The festival will have games, activities, pumpkin painting, food, and live music.
In the Comcast interview I also mentioned that Pleasant Hill is unique in many ways because there are literally hundreds of families that have lived here from generation to generation, just like the Rodgers family did. This enduring community spirit and pride in our neighborhoods is what keep residents here. With that in mind, the city has its role to play in maintaining our infrastructure so that residents may continue to enjoy the rich quality of life and small town charm of Pleasant Hill for generations to come. Measure K, the half-cent sales tax measure on the November ballot, will provide the revenue to accomplish this goal.
Measure K addresses critical infrastructure needs in Pleasant Hill
If passed, Measure K will provide over $4 million annually for 20 years. This money would be used to build a new library and address a serious backlog of deferred maintenance and upgrades to neighborhood streets, sidewalks and city storm drains. We have about $15 million in deferred maintenance on streets alone, and the longer we wait to fix these deteriorating streets, the more expensive it is to do it later. The city is determined to deal with this issue now rather than kick the can down the road. That’s what I call being fiscally responsible.
We also have over $9 million in storm drain improvements that are needed to prevent flooding in certain neighborhoods and almost $13 million needed for repairs and improvements for sidewalks, pedestrian walkways, and bike paths.
Measure K will give us the resources to begin to meet these significant challenges over the next 20 years. Join my fellow councilmembers, the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce, and me in supporting Measure K this November.